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Pearseus: Mad Water (book 3 of the Pearseus epic fantasy series) [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas C. Rossis , Lorelei Logsdon
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"Yesterday's crime. Tomorrow's retribution."

The third book in the #1 Amazon series. It reached #1 in July 2014.

Described as "Game of Thrones meets Dune," Pearseus is a dark epic fantasy series with a sci-fi twist that takes ancient Greek history and myths and transports them to space.

It's New Year's Eve, the year of 2099, but the distinguished guests aboard the Pearseus won't get to countdown seconds; soon they'll be counting bodies and survivors after the spaceship's crash landing on another planet.

The good news? The planet is seemingly hospitable both in resources and in terms of the natives' attitude towards earthlings.

The bad news? They might have come on this planet bare of possessions, but what they haven't been able to shed are the shortcomings of their human nature. Will that be the sole threat to a unified future, or is the new land and its first inhabitants not as innocent as they look?

The third book describes the events following Cyrus' meteoric rise to the highest position in the Capital.  A rise that has seen him betray everything he believed in.

About the Author

Avid reader. Web developer. Architect by training, holder of a PhD in Digital Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. Now, author. Nicholas loves to write. His first children's book, Runaway Smile, is currently being illustrated. Except for his epic fantasy series, Pearseus, he has also published The Power of Six, a collection of short sci-fi stories. He lives in Athens, Greece, in the middle of a forest, with his wife, dog and two very silly cats, one of whom is always sitting on his lap, so please excuse any typos in his blog posts: typing with one hand can be hard...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1263 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LPJWGGQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #926,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best installment so far! 18 Aug. 2014
By MariaM
Format:Kindle Edition
The dictator might be gone, but the aura of Pearseus, if anything, darkens. Cyrus, the new ruler of the Capital, might have a purer heart, but his mind is equally addled. Gella teams up with Theo to fight Jonia, but their outlook couldn’t have been more different. Lehmor wants nothing more than to reunite with Moirah, but his trek takes him to a different realm where he uncovers a threat like no other. And when he spreads the word, instead of unity, deeper rifts are created.

In a planet rife with passion, ambition, envy and love, everyone has an agenda, feeling quite smug for pushing it forward. If they knew what lurks in the shadows, they might be able to see the strings attached to all their limbs.

This is an ambitious series. As I noted in my review of the previous book, Rise of the Prince, it is not just about survival on a foreign planet and co-existing with other races. It’s a study in human nature with philosophical undertones—a thought-provoking tale. But that is not at the cost of the book’s readability. The action here picks up as strong personalities clash and devious plans are put into effect. Heroes of the past turn villains, distrust grows and not just of perceived hidden agendas but of the way their entire world is perceived.

What I particularly enjoyed in this book is that Nicholas C. Rossis assumes a take-no-prisoners approach in the language he uses. It’s as if the protagonists are finally taking position center stage for a bare-knuckled fight, and the reader can see every muscle twitch while they stare each other down. But what’s super exciting is that we know that the referees of these matches are not only invisible, but they have vetted interests in the fights they’re officiating. Who will win?

Even though foreign worlds with a multitude of characters are not my usual read, I can’t wait for the final installment of this exciting and stimulating series!
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The third installment of the Pearseus series has the same two elements that normally put me off my reading: a large number of characters and gore/graphic violence. Still, the writing is so excellent that by the last page, I felt enormously satisfied. The author introduces even more characters in Mad Water, weaving with them an intricate fabric of ingenious plots that are dotted with twists and turns that keep the reader hooked to the pages. There are characters that keep throwing themselves into dangerous situations and who triumph in their heroic acts, there’s tenderness in other places, as well as ruthless rulers and advisors who prove to be masters of manipulation.

Nicholas Rossis is a highly imaginative author who picks his words with mastery. Once again, I give him top marks for the same elements that I’ve praised him on for the previous volumes: for the excellent style of writing, the suspense, the wisdom imparted and the ingenuity with which he spins his yarn. Looking forward to the next volume already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best installment so far! 15 July 2014
By MariaM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The dictator might be gone, but the aura of Pearseus, if anything, darkens. Cyrus, the new ruler of the Capital, might have a purer heart, but his mind is equally addled. Gella teams up with Theo to fight Jonia, but their outlook couldn’t have been more different. Lehmor wants nothing more than to reunite with Moirah, but his trek takes him to a different realm where he uncovers a threat like no other. And when he spreads the word, instead of unity, deeper rifts are created.

In a planet rife with passion, ambition, envy and love, everyone has an agenda, feeling quite smug for pushing it forward. If they knew what lurks in the shadows, they might be able to see the strings attached to all their limbs.

This is an ambitious series. As I noted in my review of the previous book, Rise of the Prince, it is not just about survival on a foreign planet and co-existing with other races. It’s a study in human nature with philosophical undertones—a thought-provoking tale. But that is not at the cost of the book’s readability. The action here picks up as strong personalities clash and devious plans are put into effect. Heroes of the past turn villains, distrust grows and not just of perceived hidden agendas but of the way their entire world is perceived.

What I particularly enjoyed in this book is that Nicholas C. Rossis assumes a take-no-prisoners approach in the language he uses. It’s as if the protagonists are finally taking position center stage for a bare-knuckled fight, and the reader can see every muscle twitch while they stare each other down. But what’s super exciting is that we know that the referees of these matches are not only invisible, but they have vetted interests in the fights they’re officiating. Who will win?

Even though foreign worlds with a multitude of characters are not my usual read, I can’t wait for the final installment of this exciting and stimulating series!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious plots and heroic acts delivered with mastery 5 Nov. 2014
By Effrosyni Moschoudi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The third installment of the Pearseus series has the same two elements that normally put me off my reading: a large number of characters and gore/graphic violence. Still, the writing is so excellent that by the last page, I felt enormously satisfied. The author introduces even more characters in Mad Water, weaving with them an intricate fabric of ingenious plots that are dotted with twists and turns that keep the reader hooked to the pages. There are characters that keep throwing themselves into dangerous situations and who triumph in their heroic acts, there's tenderness in other places, as well as ruthless rulers and advisors who prove to be masters of manipulation.

Nicholas Rossis is a highly imaginative author who picks his words with mastery. Once again, I give him top marks for the same elements that I've praised him on for the previous volumes: for the excellent style of writing, the suspense, the wisdom imparted and the ingenuity with which he spins his yarn. Looking forward to the next volume already.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unseen wars 24 Sept. 2014
By Loren Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Cyrus now rules in the Capitol, but the wars aren't over. Less and less in the shadows, the history of the battle between the Orbs and the Whispers comes into dramatic light. Not to mention the Iota, another native species from time almost unremembered.

Some of our heroes are dead, and the next generation is left to take their place. But the battle isn't so straightforward, and our new leaders must find their own balance in the world. Alliances and declarations of war aren't so simple anymore, because first each person must determine for themselves exactly what it is they fight for.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good darker sci-fi story 9 Oct. 2014
By TJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This review was originally posted on my blog. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Nicholas Rossis has managed to capture my attention with the Pearseus series. Each of the books is a standalone story and can be read separately without being too lost with regard to what's going on. I started at the second book and have now read the third book. Needless to say I should probably go back and read the first one, but the author does an excellent job of explaining things along the way so that you can catch up if you come late to the party. In fact, I had forgotten how engaged I was by the story from reviewing the second book, Rise of the Prince, until I started reading this one and was immediately brought back to the story.

There are all kinds of problems on Pearseus. Far more than I could ever list here and have it be coherent, but it sure keeps things interesting. The Pearseus series covers a period of about 300 years. I haven't read the first book, Schism, but a pretty good rundown is given in the second book and Mr. Rossis does an excellent job of explaining things along the way for newcomers to the series. There were some typos and incorrect word usage in this book, but overall the story is interesting enough that I didn't mind coming back for a second tour of Pearseus.

Rival factions are going all out in this latest installment. Mankind may have been thankful that Pearseus was suitable for human habitation when they crash landed, but the centuries since have taken a toll on mankind as Pearseus' other inhabitants wage war with and through the humans. The Orbs and the Whispers, benevolent and corrupting entities that sprung to life when Pearseus was terraformed by the First's human ancestors, influence the humans who inhabit Pearseus in this war.

Lehmor, a member of the First, is one of my favorite characters in this story. Lehmor, who cannot become chieftain of the First tribe, the Wind Warriors, because he has lost an appendage and is not considered able-bodied is thrust into circumstances beyond his imagination with the Iotas, the remnants of a civilization lost during an accident, after an altercation with an old friend. Lehmor's experiences teach him much of the events taking place on Pearseus and he is driven to protect those he loves amidst the machinations of ethereal beings, the Iotas and humans corrupted by the Whispers. Challenges seem to arise at every turn.

There are many intriguing characters in this story and I'd have to go into too much detail to explain why they are relevant which would lead to a ton of spoilers. If you enjoy dark sci-fi with plenty of plot twists then this may just be a good story for you. There are plenty of decisions and moral dilemmas to keep the characters busy and the reader interested.

The characters in this story really came alive for me. There are plots and plans at every turn among the various characters to keep things interesting and moving at a good pace, as well as a good mix of action and thought-provoking moments.I don't know if there will be another book in this series, but if there is I'm willing to read it and perhaps you would enjoy them too.
5.0 out of 5 stars Increasingly good! 14 Aug. 2014
By Georgios Giaglis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"Mad water" can be read as a stand-alone book, even though its natural order is, of course, after the first two.

This is the darkest installment of the series, so far, which makes it my favorite (again, so far). This book has more action, more fight scenes, and more plot twists. The focus shifts to include and shed light unto more characters. There is no one protagonist; almost all are interesting and important. Be ready to change whom you are identified with.

I really liked the fact that, as the story progresses, the characters (and the groups they belong to) become increasingly grey, and thus, more realistic: it gets harder and harder to judge who is good and who is bad - everybody owns a piece of the truth. More complex relationships arise and true(?) intentions are revealed (until the next twist!)

So, at the surface the book is a fantasy/scifi action pageturner, but one level below, it becomes a study of human nature: pride, selfishness, remorse, continuous scheming, subgroups within people groups, betrayal, all the real life elements are in the book, interspersed by philosophical thoughts, Star Trek references(!) and eastern stories.

I think that Rossis's talent as a writer unfolds as the Pearseus book series progresses. I can't imagine what will happen in the next book!
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